Gatlinburg SkyTrail Now Open at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
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The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park loves adding new experiences for visitors to enjoy, and the attraction has welcomed a brand new addition: the Gatlinburg SkyTrail. This scenic walkway gives everyone more opportunities to take in the breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, and it is now open! We’ve got all the details on the Gatlinburg SkyTrail and what you can expect when you visit the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park!
About the Gatlinburg SkyTrail
The Gatlinburg SkyTrail provides a unique Smoky Mountain experience! The SkyTrail is a scenic walkway that connects both sides of the Gatlinburg SkyBridge as it follows the slope of Crockett Mountain. It is located behind the SkyBridge! From the SkyTrail, visitors take in the length and height of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, as well as stunning views of the Smokies! The east side of the trail is a wooden boardwalk called Elevated Boardwalk, and the west side is a paved pathway called The Path. In between these two sections is Tulip Tower, a story-themed steel structure with 4 viewing platforms. On both ends of the tower, there are rope bridges for people of all ages to enjoy! The SkyTrail is accessible to everyone, and both kids and adults will love it! It’s even dog friendly!
When Will the Gatlinburg SkyTrail Open?
The Gatlinburg SkyTrail is now open! It is a great spot to take in the mountain views! The elevated boardwalk includes a 0.6-mile roundtrip walkway with interactive signage highlighting the SkyBridge and the history of Gatlinburg. In addition to the walkway, you’ll also get to enjoy elevated viewing platforms, rope bridges, more walking paths, and gorgeous mountain views.
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park Updates
The Gatlinburg SkyTrail is just one of the many updates the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park has received in the past few years! On Aug. 19, 2020, the Gatlinburg SkyBridge got 3 new glass panels, for a total of 6 glass panels at the bridge’s midpoint. The attraction plans to add even more new experiences for guests in the future! Take a look at what you can already enjoy at the SkyLift Park:
The SkyBridge opened to the public in May of 2019, and since then has provided a thrilling experience for visitors! The bridge stretches 680 feet across a deep valley, making it the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America! The SkyBridge offers panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains and allows you to take in the views directly below you from the glass panels at its midpoint.
Gatlinburg SkyDeck & SkyCenter
After you take the Gatlinburg SkyLift to the top of Crockett Mountain, you’ll hop off onto the SkyDeck. This spot features a viewing deck, outdoor seating areas, and the SkyCenter. The SkyCenter has a gift shop on the first floor, plus a snack bar with pizza, salads, ice cream treats, and more! On the second floor, you’ll find a large seating area and a bar that offers gorgeous views of the city and the mountains. You can sit inside or on the front deck overlooking Gatlinburg.
Of course we can’t mention the SkyLift Park without mentioning the attraction that started it all: the Gatlinburg SkyLift. The SkyLift originally opened in 1954, and since then has upgraded and evolved into one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg. The 3-seat chairlift that you ride today was built in 2017! The chairlift takes visitors up 500 feet, offering breathtaking views along the way. Once you get to the top, you can enjoy all the mountaintop fun!
Now you know even more information about the Gatlinburg SkyTrail! You’ll find plenty of fun activities to enjoy while you’re in Gatlinburg, so check out these other popular attractions in Gatlinburg and start planning your visit to the Smokies!